Neapolitan Chords: What They Are And How To Use Them

By January 27, 2015

Hey guys, I decided to make a very random but informative video about Neapolitan Chords! These chords are my absolute favorite when it comes to chromatic harmony. Neapolitan Chords:
  • Neapolitan Chords have a very distinct sound in the chord progression.
  • A Neapolitan Chord is a bII chord.
  • If we are in A minor, the Neapolitan chord would be B-flat Major.
  • Usually Neapolitan chords are found in minor keys but exist in Major keys as well.
  • The Neapolitan chord is typically in 1st Inversion meaning that the 3rd of the chord will be the lowest sounding note or bass note of the chord.
  • Neapolitan chords resolve best with a V chord. Ex. In E minor the Neapolitan would be F Major / A (in the bass) and it would resolve to a B Major or B7 chord (V or dominant chord).
*If certain terminology is confusing, please leave me a comment or private message and I could help out. About the Author: By George Salas. To download sheet music to the video, please visit my website.

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